Monday, October 6, 2008

Laundry Days and Mondays . . .

Always Get Me Down . . .


(Anyone reading this old enough to remember the song by Karen Carpenter???)



Somehow our weekends are just too fast and furious and my to-do list way too long, so Monday mornings often find me "digging out" from the weekend.


The absolute worst part is the laundry. I have very "spiritual" laundry, that insists on following the biblical injunction to "be fruitful and multiply!" So, by Monday morning I am literally Overwhelmed by my Overflowing laundry room! :(



Want to see a picture or two of what greets me each time I walk into my laundry room????













Then, there's the pool. Some kind of algae has been multiplying in there and has taken over the place. Now, it looks more like a swimming hole than a swimming pool! My son who knows all about pool maintenance won't be home until late, so I guess I'm going to have to figure this out myself! I am armed with a quart of algaecide and several jugs of shock and I'm ready to mount an attack on this green intruder!!


Here is a picture of our lovely pool . . .






I realize these aren't the kind of pictures that make you feel all warm and fuzzy! (Maybe all cold and slimy instead!)

I'm posting these pictures, just so you will know this isn't going to be one of those "picture perfect" blogs, with only idealistic pictures of the "perfect house" and the "perfect children" having the "perfect homeschool day!" Instead, I hope to give you a realistic glimpse into the daily life of a family of twelve!! With all of our ups and downs . . .

Just so you know, there were some bright spots in our day -- I'll post some of those pictures now!
Here are some pictures of the children playing with some peanut butter playdough which Hannah (11) made for them. They all loved playing with and eating this edible play dough.







Want to make some for your kids? It's easy enough for an 8 to 10 year old to tackle.


Peanut Butter Play Dough

3 1/2 cups peanut butter
4 cups powdered sugar
3 1/2 cups honey
4 cups dry milk powder


In a large bowl, cream together peanut butter and powdered sugar.
Mix in honey thoroughly and then fold in milk powder. Divide into 15 equal portions and refrigerate or freeze in quart sized
ziploc bags until ready to use.
Children can roll out, cut out, pat, make snakes, and eat!









6 comments:

Christie said...

Now THIS I'm going to have to try! Isaac graciously let me do some grocery shopping tonight while he watched the kids, and when I got home, he informed me that William had eaten a good quantity of play-doh... I believe it was of the pink variety. I think we need to make us a batch of edible stuff! Thanks! :)

Kathy - mom of many said...

Oh, boy, do I know the laundry woes. We have the same kind of weekends and when Monday hits...well, let's just say, there is a mountain outside my laundry room waiting for me.
The problem is getting it folded and put away. Maybe I should consider limiting their clothing to 3 outfits, max. :)

busymomof10 said...

My sister wanted to make some peanut butter play dough for her kids (or was it for herself?!? I'll never tell!), but didn't have any dry milk powder. So, she whirled some quick oats in the blender and substituted that for the dry milk powder with excellent results! I just thought I'd share this brilliant substitution with you all! ~Elizabeth

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Davene said...

Elizabeth, I'm enjoying reading through all your entries...but I'm especially grateful for your admission that this won't be a "picture perfect" blog. Hallelujah for that! :)

Just today I was seriously considering NOT visiting certain blogs any more because they are so "perfect" that they actually discourage me. Why can't I accomplish what those amazing other women do? What is wrong with me that I'm not as organized/creative/energetic, etc. as all of them? Most of the time, I'm immensely ENcouraged through the world of blogging...but I'm going to have to ponder more on how to deal with these recent significant DIScouraged feelings.

Anyway, sorry to vent here...but I do appreciate you keeping it real and wanted you to know that! :)

busymomof10 said...

Thanks, Davene, for your kind comments. I've learned from Debbie that comments are so very important!! (wink!)

I totally understand what you are saying! Just remember that those "perfect" bloggers you are talking about are picking and choosing what to share. You are feeling overwhelmed by all that they are accomplishing, but they aren't telling you all the things that are going undone or not being done well. And you don't know the spirit in their homes. That often suffers when we are doing too much or attempting to live up to unrealistic expectations. I know from experience, sad to say! I also know what it feels like trying to live up to that elusive image of the "perfect homeschooling mother." I've long since dropped that title!!! :) Anyway, I hope you continue to enjoy my imperfect blog of my imperfect family!! :)

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